American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Cleveland|
(Monday, September 9th)
Final Score: Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Carlos Santana's seventh-inning homer proved
to be the difference, while Chris Perez retired Alex Gordon with the bases
loaded in the bottom of the ninth as Cleveland nipped Kansas City, 4-3, in
the opener of a three-game series.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Yan Gomes also went deep for the Indians, who have taken
five of their last six to remain alive in the AL wild card race. Cleveland
trails Tampa Bay by 1 1/2 games for the final spot.
Ubaldo Jimenez (11-9) scattered seven hits and one unearned run over seven
innings, striking out 10.
"His slider was really good," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Jimenez. "He was
Perez made things interesting before recording his 23rd save.
Gordon clubbed a two-tun homer in the eighth and Eric Hosmer added an RBI
single for the Royals, who lost for just the third time in their last nine.
Ervin Santana (8-9) was tagged in defeat for four hits and four runs -- three
earned -- while fanning seven in seven full frames.
Alcides Escobar doubled off Cody Allen to start the eighth and Gordon pulled
the visitors within 4-3 on his homer to right.
In the ninth, Salvador Perez hit a leadoff single, Mike Moustakas walked and
both runners were sacrificed into scoring position. Carlos Pena then fanned
looking, but pinch-hitter George Kottaras drew a base on balls to fill the
That set up the confrontation with Gordon, which the Cleveland closer won by
inducing a game-ending fly out to center.
"This is what you play for...to get into the postseason," Jimenez said. "Every
Cabrera's solo homer in the second put the Tribe on the board.
Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson hit a ground-rule double to kick off the third,
then moved up on a groundout, but was erased at home on a grounder from
Cleveland picked up another run in the home half, when Jose Ramirez hit a
leadoff single and came all the way home when Hosmer -- after retiring Drew
Stubbs on a grounder -- had his attempt to throw him out at third sail into
Gomes' opposite-field smash made it 3-0 in the fifth, and the Royals finally
countered on an RBI single from Hosmer in the sixth.
Santana went deep in the home half to restore the Indians' three-run edge.
Cleveland has won nine of 14 in the season series and taken six of seven at
home ... Gordon's blast was his 100th career homer ... Gordon, Hosmer, Perez
and Dyson accounted for eight of Kansas City's 10 hits, collecting two each
... The Royals opened September with a 6-2 mark, the hottest start to the
month since the 1985 World Series championship club started 7-1 en route to
a 22-14 finish that included an 18-12 September.
09/10 01:17:35 ET